Could Water Be Doing Your Face More Harm Than Good?

In my time browsing skincare forums and blogs alike, I’ve often seen people mention that water irritated their skin and caused breakouts, flare ups and even allergic contact dermatitis. Could this be the case for you too?

H20 is actually an irritant to the epidermis and although we use it everyday to bathe and wash in, it’s doing us more harm than we’d like to consider. Have you ever considered how after repeat hand washing (particularly if you work or have worked in the healthcare and food industry) creates dry, cracked and even bleeding hands? Not to mention when the cold comes around and the winter whips your exposed hands they turn to white, pale, crusty forms of what they once were. It works the same with our bodies and face.

Okay lets pull hard up on the reigns here, I’m not saying don’t use water to wash your face or bathe in ever again because then what other option would we have?

Hard water (from the tap or faucet) essentially is stripping the moisture from our skin the moment it makes contact and makes our skin do an, “oh no moment”. Typically it starts to put it’s self into produce oil gear and if you’re not right there to replenish the moisture back in. That’s why it’s so crucial to healthy and happy skin.

Number 1 Tip For Stopping Water From Irritating You

Use lukewarm water to rinse, wash and bathe in. It’s no use startling your skin with cold water that’ll have it thinking you fell into the North Atlantic Ocean that born the iceberg from Titanic. Nor will you do it any favours if you have a seething hot shower. Luke warm is just comfortable enough not to irritate your skin.

If you still find that water is irritating, then I’d suggest trying to use Micellar Water as it the next best option to filtered water. See your healthcare professional if nothing else seems to work to solve acne and other skin related issues.

Do you drink the recommended amount of water daily? I fail 😦

Remember as always, love your skin, love your health!

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Why Drinking Lots Of Water WON’T Solve Skin Problems

How many times have you heard drinking lots of water gives you clearer skin? Even if you drank 2 litres of water a day, it’s definitely going to keep your body hydrated which is so important and have you running to the toilet every 30 mins!

Contrary to popular belief, this became a beauty tip from beauty bloggers and influencers and to this day I believe most will agree. I’ve also heard plenty of the opposite people who drank A LOT of water and still experienced acne and breakouts. So why is this? Well both are true to a degree but scientifically one is more correct.

Sure water keeps you hydrated but studies have shown that unless you’re extremely dehydrated, the water you consume won’t reach the upper layer of your skin. It just simply doesn’t work that way. Dermatologists recommend that you prevent water loss by using moisturisers, creams, lotions containing emollient ingredients that will help to add moisture to the skin and keep it there.

To get straight to the point you should continue to drink the recommended amount of water each day because water is life πŸ™‚

Also, try a KISS skincare routine to help regulate your skins moisture barrier.

  1. Cleanse
  2. Exfoliate
  3. Moisturise
  4. Sunscreen

If you don’t see even a small improvement in your skin in a few days or a minimum of 28 days (how long the skin takes to turn over naturally) then please see a healthcare professional for professional advice that will get you back to happy and healthy skin.

Keep smiling and love your health πŸ™‚

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DMP Definitions – Emollient

Suffering with dry skin? Has the sun and wind made your skin look like Queen Elsa’s been around you? Or perhaps more seriously, do you suffer with Dermatitis or any other skin condition? Keep reading.

Essentially emollients work as a deep moisturising agents for the skin working to soften the skin cells at a molecular level. You can get them in moisturisers, creams, lotions and ointments and can be applied topically to any part of your skin. This can be particularly helpful for people who suffer with Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Eczema, Allergic Contact Dermatitis and dry skin in general.

You can get almost instant relief as the emollients work to lock in hydration and trap moisture into any part of your skin. This slows down the rate at which you lose moisture and keeps skin plump and hydrated.

My favourite emollient is Vaseline or petroleum jelly and I have family members who moisturise with Vaseline and that alone although I do not recommend this. It would be more beneficial to add moisturiser then an emollient to the skin or better yet, find an emollient moisturising cream and slather that all over your self.

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A great moisturiser recommendation (and a popular one at that) is CeraVe an all over body moisturiser and it can even be applied safely to the face. This is widely available but if you can’t find it in shops, do check out iHerb.com as they stock it and ship at reasonable prices. Another is any of Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Moisture moisturisers.

I hope you’ve found this post somewhat informative and above all else, I hope you find some relief in dry and itchy skin problems.

Remember to love your health!

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Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor, Dermatologist, Beauty Therapist, or Aesthetician, I just love skincare and health and love sharing what I learn with you. Always speak to your healthcare professional when unsure. None of the information provided is substitute for an actual consultation with your healthcare professional.

 

DMP Quick Skin Tips – What To Look For When Choosing Skin Care Products

The shelves can look like an endless array of flashy products that capture our attention with, “new formula” this and, “anti-aging” that. For the most part, it’s all just a marketing gimmick and we all happen to fall for it once in a while.

Unless you’re a trained professional or have some background in Chemistry then it’s hard not to get confused! So how do you choose good skincare products that’ll actually do you good? Keep reading ahead πŸ™‚

Let’s focus on the basics because here at DMP Health we try offer the best information on health and skincare in an easier to understand format. So lets begin with the things you should look for when purchasing a new anything product for your skin.

Anything marketed for, “Sensitive Skin” is a good sign that the product has been formulated in consideration to, you guessed it, those who have a sensitive skin type. You can rest assured that albeit a very rare instance, those who are most sensitive to basically everything can feel okay to put this on their skin although I’d recommend patch testing first anyway just in case!

Look For These Words On Packets, Bottles, Tubes and Tubs

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance Free
  • Oil Free
  • Soap Free
  • Dye Free
  • Non – Comedogenic
  • No Parabens

Dermatologically Tested is okay, but really any company can put that on their packaging. Still it’s better than not mentioned at all.

Even if you don’t consider yourself to have sensitive skin type they certainly should not be disregarded next time you’re pondering your next purchase. The ingredients they don’t put in are key to not irritating your skin and we’re ALL the same when it comes to not wanting to cause breakouts and skin irritations and prevention of the latter.

I hope you enjoyed the blog post, remember to love your health!

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DMP Definitions – Comedogenic

You’ve probably heard or read ‘Non-Comedogenic’Β on skincare packaging before. Today I talk about Comedogenic, it’s meaning, why you should avoid ingredients that are and a shout out to my favourite brand!

Definition:

‘Comedo’ meaning blockage and Comedogenic meaning that the ingredient has the potential to block your pores which causes blackheads, whiteheads or a full blown breakout of bacterial acne. If you have a very oily, sensitive or acne prone skin type, at all costs avoid these ingredients. They can be found in cleansers, moisturizers, makeup/cosmetics, masks, sunscreen, shaving foam, body washes and even certain types of oils and are know irritants. Sometimes it’s as simple as getting familiar with certain ingredients. Although if you’re not a trained professional this can be a little difficult of course but achievable the more you read and learn πŸ™‚

Catch these guys out next time you’re reading the back of your skin product/cosmetics you plan to slather all over your face.

Types of Comedogenic Ingredients Include:

  • Essential oils, coconut oil, any oils from from plants
  • Dyes and colors
  • Fragrance
  • Menthol
  • Parabens

When you use a product with Comedogenic ingredients you immediately run the risk of blocking your pores as it does the opposite of what you wish to achieve. It could very well be a certain product you’re using in your current daily routine that you’re completely unaware of. So time to get savvy on those words!

Why You Should Avoid Comedogenic Ingredients:

We look for cleansers, sunscreens and moisturizers to help our skin out in one way or another. Whether it be to unclog, clean, exfoliate, protect or give coverage if we use these skin care products on a daily basis you can imagine the risk you run creating a breeding ground of bacteria and mountainous red, black and white bumps *ick* and an endless cycle that never seems to clear.

My Favourite Brand for Comedogenic Free Products:

Neutrogena is far becoming my ultimate favourite brand of skin care line to which I personally own moisturizers, sunscreen, cleansers and face masks and more as I know that some, (can’t assume all) have friendly reminders somewhere on the packaging that they’re non-comedogenic meaning you’re safe from any harsh ingredients you could possibly break out to. Now that’s piece of mind for someone like me who can get a little confused with ingredients listed on the back.

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Do you know any brands that you see list their products as, “Non-Comedogenic“? I’d love to know your recommendations as well so let me know below.

Remember to love your health πŸ™‚

Dee X

Microfiber Can Fix Skin Problems?

It’s soft, plush and works a treat with household cleaning. But did you know these little cloths and towels can be used in your beauty and skincare regimen as well?

Well lets get this straight, not the exact ones you’d use for cleaning your TV and car with! Not all of them have the same plush, velvet like softness (sorry shameless plug right here) as my Microfiber Deluxe Fiber Facial Towels.

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Plenty of us know good old classic Microfiber material. You’ve probably used it a tonne of times yourself. It’s used a lot as an add on to cleaning products and is great for providing streak free glass and a good old scrub and get any grime off your precious LCD screens. I have plenty of them lying around my house for dusting furniture etc and I know people who own microfiber towels for their hair even.

Microfiber has properties that work wonders when it comes to the house, but can also do wonders for your complexion. Dermatologists recommend a light and gentle form of physical form of exfoliation by either using a washcloth (or microfiber facial towel). Towels and facial brushes are usually not recommended as they tend to irritate the face and a lot of us over exfoliate and create further damage to our moisture skin barrier. Remember our skins moisture barrier is the important area of skin we aim to keep happy above all else as if it’s not happy you can generally tell a mile off.

How To Use A Microfiber Towel In Your Routine?

KISS (Keep It Simple Simon) is the principle I like to suggest when it comes to a skincare routine. Don’t overload your face with a bunch of overly expensive, miracle promising products that are not going to do you any good in the long run. Here’s a sample morning routine:

  1. Cleanse with luke warm water or your favourite gentle cleanser. Massage cleanser with your fingers.
  2. Use circular motions with your Deluxe Fiber Microfiber Facial Cloth on only the areas that require the exfoliation. Don’t rub vigorously, treat your face as gently as possible.
  3. Rinse your face cleanser off
  4. Moisturise
  5. Sunscreen (AM)

The wash cloth can help to remove the build-up of stubborn dead skin cells. Also, the added benefit of a chemical exfoliant can help turn over skin cells faster. Of course the option is yours should you choose to do so. Be careful as to not over exfoliate as it’s very easy to dry your skin out.

I’d suggest you use your Microfiber Facial Washcloth no more than 3 times a week but watch your skin closely for any adverse signs over exfoliation. That’s it! Microfiber has the potential to reduce bumps, closed comedones and create a smoother canvas to paint your makeup portrait.

As always, remember to love your health!

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Sleeping In Your Makeup = Ruined Skin

Gasp! You did what last night?

Okay I promise not to tell anybody. But did you know sleeping in your makeup can cause breakouts? I was one of those people until I found out how bad for your skin it really is.

Picture this, if you went ahead and applied makeup at 7am and then come 7pm you’re done and dusted for the day ready to hop straight into bed after dinner, technically you would have been wearing your makeup for 10 hours straight.

When you head to the land of nod you need to get rid of any makeup you’ve worn in the day as number one, it’ll get over your pillowcase, stain it and then create a breeding ground of bacteria with oil and dirt.

Trust me on this you will feel amazing heading to sleep with a clean face and your complexion will thank you for it.

Tips For Mastering Makeup Removal!

  1. Begin your routine in the shower. Keep your cleanser and exfoliator inside the shower or next to your bath so you can see it then remember to wash your face.
  2. When you step out of the shower, now is the time to apply any chemical acids, serums and let them wait as you comb your hair and blow dry. 30 minutes should be perfect!
  3. Keep all your moisturizers on your bedside table and you’ll never forget to put them on at night. I always keep my face, hand cream and lip balm next to my lamp and apply all three before hopping into bed.

So you’ve got that down pat, but what’s in it for you I hear you ask?

Here’s What You’ll Get In Return For Your Efforts

The benefits for you are your pores on your face will unplug which means no acne, breakouts and the other annoying skin problems when you wake up. The best way to keep your skin happy and healthy is by following a skin care routine that works for you. If you’d like to see an example of mine check out my video below.

When’s the last time you forgot to take your makeup off before bed? Be honest!

Remember to love your health!

Dee X